TRAC Approves $70 Million In New Transportation Funding

Projects Focused on Economic Development and Safety

COLUMBUS (Tuesday, April 12, 2011)The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) gave Ohio a shot in the arm today as they approved $70 million for new transportation projects that will boost the economy and improve safety on Ohio’s roads.

TRAC – the independent council that assists the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in selecting its largest investments – overwhelmingly voted to approve funding for safety and economic development transportation projects around Ohio. The approved list of projects ends a year-long selection process.

"Today concluded an open and fair selection process which delivered a final project list that will increase economic development and safety for Ohioans," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray who also chairs the TRAC. "We had to make some difficult decisions to keep the list within fiscal balance while still keeping pace with our state’s growing transportation needs."

In addition to projects already under construction, the list includes projects ready for new construction and projects that will be studied and designed for potential construction in the future.

TRAC approved funding for two projects expected to bring economic development to Ohio. The Pickaway East/West Connector received $2.7 million for design and $800,000 went to the Mid-Ohio Intermodal Facility in Marion.

Two safety projects to separate railroad crossings from roadways with underpasses include $13.2 million for CR73/McCord Rd. near Toledo and $16.6 million for SR 58 in the village of Wellington.

Nearly $15 million was also approved for the Mahoning Rd. Transit Corridor, which will add new transit service along SR 153 in city of Canton. The second phase of the State Route 42 widening through the city of Strongsville will also be completed with the $6 million in TRAC funds approved today.

Last spring, local municipalities, county commissioners and county engineers, metropolitan planning organizations, and port authorities submitted applications for new construction investments as well as funding for new planning, design, and right of way work to the TRAC. Click HERE for the final approved TRAC list.

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For more information contact:

Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640

or your local ODOT District Communications Office at 419-373-4428